New 2022 BMW iX1: 272 miles EV joins third-gen X1 lineup Car News

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A new electric SUV joins the EV versions of the 4, X3 and 7 series

BMW’s entry-level SUV enters next-gen with petrol, PHEV and electric powertrain options

The new third-generation BMW X1 crossover has been unveiled, following the BMW 4 Series, BMW X3 and BMW 7 Series by getting an electric variant for the first time.

BMW’s crucial rival for the Audi Q3 and Volvo XC40 is its first “compact premium model based on a flexible vehicle architecture featuring an all-electric drive system”. It effectively replaces the decade-old BMW i3 as the entry point into the automaker’s growing family of electric vehicles.

The architecture in question is the FAAR, which underpins the new BMW 2 Series Active Tourer MPV and will soon appear in the next-generation Mini Countryman crossover.

In the new iX1 xDrive30 EV, it houses a dual-motor powertrain (one on each axle) producing a combined output of 309 hp and 364 lb-ft, making it good for 0-62 mph in 5.7 seconds – numbers that line it up as a close rival to the all-wheel-drive version of the Kia EV6.

Meanwhile, a 64.7kWh (usable) underfloor battery offers a claimed range of between 257-272 miles and can be charged at rates up to 130kW for a 10-80% recharge time 29 minutes.

The iX1 will soon follow a range of pure ICE X1 models, which should go on sale from October.

Buyers initially have a choice of three- and four-cylinder gasoline engines and two four-cylinder diesel engines. Soon after, another petrol, another diesel and two plug-in hybrids offering an electric-only range of up to 55 miles.

All will be built at BMW’s plant in Regensburg, Germany. Except for the hidden grille and subtle battery-themed styling cues from the iX1, BMW’s smallest SUV follows a familiar path of evolution, not revolution, in terms of design.

Slim LED headlights flank familiar square grilles, while the side profile has been “dynamically stretched” and accommodates thicker wheel arches, flush door handles and an elongated rear spoiler.

The changes are more drastic inside, where the X1 has been brought in line with its newer siblings, primarily via the installation of the latest eighth generation of BMW’s iDrive operating system running through an infotainment screen from 10.7 inches and a 10.25 inch digital gauge cluster.

BMW also says the newly developed, raised seats improve comfort over long distances, while refinement is further enhanced by improved acoustics and a host of additional cabin features.

At 4500mm long, 1845mm wide and 1642mm high, the new X1 is slightly larger in all dimensions than its predecessor, also bringing a 22mm longer wheelbase and 31mm wider track for a increased interior space.

Prices start from £35,130 for the X1 Sport Premier and climb to £46,660 for the top-spec M Sport Premier Pro. BMW has yet to confirm pricing for the plug-in hybrid and electric derivatives, however.

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This notice was published: 2022-05-31 22:01:24

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